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October 21 trial for trio in robbery case

Published:Saturday | September 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

The case against three St James men, who are charged in connection with the theft of a woman's cell phone in May, was set for trial on October 21 when they appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Ewen Doyle and Keith Forbes from Montego Bay are charged with robbery with aggravation committed against Alexa Reid. Christopher Wedderburn, also from Montego Bay, is charged with receiving stolen property.

Alleged attack

It is alleged that on May 8, at approximately 11 p.m., Reid was walking along Barnett Street in Montego Bay when two men, one armed with a ratchet knife, robbed her of her handbag and her BlackBerry device. Reid reported the matter to the police and Doyle and Forbes were later pointed out during an identification parade.

It is further alleged that on June 12, acting on information, police went to the Charles Gordon Market and saw Wedderburn with a cellular phone identified as Reid's. Wedderburn was subsequently arrested.

Legal representation

On Tuesday, clerk of the court Yanique Henry told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie that Wedderburn had previously been without a lawyer.

"In relation to these men, today's date was for Mr Wedderburn to settle his legal representation," said Henry.

Attorney-at-law Martyn Thomas, who is representing Wedderburn, interjected to indicate that he was the accused man's lawyer.

"I have been assigned in this matter, and I have been served (with court documents)," said lawyer Thomas.

"Then it is just to get a trial date," said Henry.

"Perhaps we could set a date in October, given their (defendants) status," said Tie.

The case was subsequently set for trial on October 21, and Doyle had his bail extended while Forbes and Wedderburn were remanded in police custody.